Get to Know You Think Tac Toe

What are you doing the first week back to school to get to know your students? Whether you are in the classroom, teaching remotely, or in a hybrid plan, building community is key for student learning success.

This year my school is following a hybrid schedule with my students in the classroom twice a week and working three days remotely. Half of my students will be in the classroom on Mondays and Thursdays and the other half will be in the classroom Tuesdays and Fridays. One hundred percent of my classes will taught synchronous. This means the students who are working remotely home on Monday are required to log onto  my Google Meet during our class period and participate in the lesson. I am now planning lessons that provide differentiation not only in terms of product and process, but adapt activities and assignments for digitally and in person learning as well.

During the first week, your schedule might be a mix of teaching procedures and expectations as well as building a strong classroom community.  I have designed this “Get  to Know You Think Tac Toe” for students to choose three different assignments (Creating a tick tac toe win) about themselves and their reading lives, so I can learn more about them. What is key is that students have a choice and each activity highlights their voice and agency. Click on the image to make a copy and adapt for your classroom needs.

Get To Know You Think Tac Toe

Jerry Webster states in a blog post for ThoughtCo (2019), “Think-tac-toe is a strategy that harnesses the visual pattern of the tic-tac-toe game to broaden student understanding of instructional content, challenge students who already have some mastery of a subject, and provide a variety of means to assess student mastery in a way that is fun and unusual.” These assignments can be differentiated by product, choice, and theme. This is an alternative assignment that allows students to show what they know in creative and fun ways. It is up to you if you want to assign students to complete a single assignment listed in one box or invite them to try three assignments to score a “think-tac-toe.”

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